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Keepers Stout - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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88
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Keepers Stout is an award winning, authentic example of a classic Irish style, full-bodied, black ale that pours with a rich, creamy head. Bold, complex flavours of espresso and fine, dark chocolate build to a pleasingly mild roasted malt finish.

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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

11-21-2011 04:08:53 | More by chickenm
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25%

11-21-2011 03:19:44 | More by EskimoDave
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keepers stout pours a nearly opaque inky black with a nice brown head. The aroma is rich dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of slightly burnt roasted malt. Plenty of sweet caramel and dark fruit in the aroma as well. The flavor is rich and sweet upfront, with plenty of roasted, chocolatey malt. The rich caramel sweetness fades with a dark, slightly astringent finish. The bitterness is mild, and overpowered by the mildly astringent black malt. Overall this is one of my favorite stouts, on draft or in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:28:14 | More by ericj551
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Beerinabelle

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mmm...I do love Stouts...I am interested in seeing how this beer holds up.

There is about two of my small fingers of foam (very light brown). ...The bubbles are gone, and I do miss them. The liquid is a deep brown colour.

There is a smoky aroma ...not too much else.

The taste is slightly better than the smell with some sweet malt and nice smoky qualities.

I have to fault this beer a bit for the thin mouthfeel. It would have loved a little creaminess, and a bit more body.

At 5.1% and the lack of heaviness, this beer is pretty drinkable.

...and that is about it. =)

Serving type: can

03-31-2010 02:48:07 | More by Beerinabelle
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this from papat444 - thanks dude. My can lists the ABV as 5.1% and has a cryptic code of 80816A2BU - not sure how/if that correlates to freshnhess. Served in my NotLA pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of light mocha foam that dissipates to a ring and a bit of haze. Solid retention, but minimal lacing. The body is a near-black brown color with hints of red and lighter brown transparency at the fringes. Not bad for a low ABV stout, but I expected some lacework here.

S - Cocoa, roasted malts, a touch of coffee, a bit of smokiness - it's got that diner vibe happening. This may be more of an Irish Dry (just checked their website - it's listed as an Irish-Style Black Ale), as the hop character is almost non-existent. It's pretty understated, even when warm.

T - Tastes like a pretty generic Irish Dry as well - lightly smoked and toasted malt, a touch of raisin-y dark fruit, a hint of molasses, and a dash of chocolate. It's perfectly adequate, but not super exciting, not that many Irish Dry Stouts are (unless it's Black Sun or something). Aftertaste has a touch of roast coffee, but not much bitterness.

M - A bit of zesty carbonation, light-medium body, a touch of gritty dryness in the finish. The texture should be much smoother - I suspect this would be a lot better on nitro-tap.

D - I finished my half of the can in about five minutes. Very easy to drink, and I suspect this aspect would only improve with reduced carbonation tingle and a creamier texture. A nice session stout from BC.

Serving type: can

03-31-2010 02:10:47 | More by MasterSki
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my uncle who came to visit us from B.C. and brought me a couple of these. Enjoyed it last night with my dessert, a cherry & peach crisp.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: As i open the can, i get a bit of gushing. Pouring it gives me a lot of mocha colored foam that briefly does a Guinness-like receding. A seriously black body that had brown tinges as i poured.

Smell: Very discreet at first but certainly opened up as it warmed. Bittersweet AND milk chocolate in there, if that's possible. A slight aroma of smokiness, a subdued bitterness and a pleasant coarseness (without being harsh).

Taste: At first, it was shy. Some chocolate notes with oatmeal and coffee also. A bitterness that doesn't stick around long enough. More flavor comes out though as it nears room temp. Raosted notes with more of a bitter-sweet chocolate presence. Good but somehow not great.

Mouthfeel: Honestly, the body is a little thin and watery. Nothing exaggerated but enough to notice and realize that this isn't a full bodied stout. Lighter than expected but it is smooth and the carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability: No troubles but it lacks something to make it truly enjoyable for me.

Overall: All the ingredients seem right but it doesn't come out to a standout stout for me. I can't fault it for being bad but it doesn't quite do it for me.

Serving type: can

01-20-2010 02:21:45 | More by papat444
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 355ml can into a pint glass. It pours black with a quickly vanishing tan head.

S - coffee and a light nut scent

T - coffee and a touch of dark chocolate

M - medium-light carbonation, medium-thin body, feels very fluid and wet finish

D - very heavy coffee character. The mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Serving type: can

01-12-2010 03:58:40 | More by Grunewald
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last beer from a trade with ritzkiss. Great selection of beers, thanks Eric!

While I was pouring, it didn't look like it was going to pour much of a head so I up-ended the can and dumped the whole thing into my pint glass. A creamy three-finger, mocha-coloured head shrinks down to a thin layer and then to nothing at all. No lacing. The beer is pitch black. A decent enough looking stout.

Big smell: dark, smokey roasted malt, molasses and some faint hops. Simple but nice; not every beer needs to smell like fifty different things.

The flavour isn't full enough, though what's there is good. Pretty much the same qualities as the nose: smokey roasted malt and molasses. The finish is pretty nice, dry with bitter cocoa and espresso. Not bad, just too watery.

Medium-light bodied which for a stout is not really a good thing. It feels like someone poured water in my stout. Medium carbonation.

This beer is definitely drinkable and a step up from something like a can of Guinness, but there are just too many incredible stouts out there to be drinking mediocre stouts like this. I don't know why anyone would want to make a watery stout, it's just not my thing. All this being said, though, it's really not bad. Just not great. Not a repeat for me but worth checking out if you enjoy a light tasting, light bodied stout, I suppose.

Serving type: can

07-20-2009 03:11:32 | More by eat
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I followed up the Beacon IPA with the Keeper's Stout from the same brewer. This can is also courtesy of Ritzkiss.

Pours an opaque black with a large bubbly mocha head, which eventually dies to a thin cap, but gives some lace. Light roast aromas of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is nice, and I'm digging it. Nothing's in your face, but its a good mix and the balance is perfect. I'm picking up some milk chocolate, light coffee grounds, and some ash in the finish. Roasty and flavourful, for sure. The body is smooth, medium to light, with low carbonation. Its very drinkable and I liked it. For a while it was on the list of Canada's top 25 beers, and while I would say that its not good enough to be on that list, it certainly is a very solidly made stout. It also got the thumbs up from my lovely wife.

Thanks Eric!

Serving type: can

02-27-2009 16:33:00 | More by bobsy
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black (respectably so) with 1 finger of coffee head. Little retention and faint lacing.

Smell is light, not much here. Light roasted malts, maybe some chocolate.

Taste is bigger than the smell but not overly so. Lots of roasting malts, some licorice/anise, hints of dark chocolate. Quite a light, creamy body. Medium carbonation which feels like it's too much when paired with the thin body.

At 5% this is certainly an easy drinker and I would certainly engage in a night at the pub with it. As for those A grades... I think there may be some local bias there. This is a nice light stout but nothing that says "world class".

Serving type: can

02-25-2009 19:03:31 | More by ritzkiss
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, very little retention, slight lacing.

S: Licorice, plenty roasty, molasses.

T: Quite roasty, coffee, dark bread & molasses with a good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is very smooth & creamy, with the carbonation pleasantly on the low side of moderate.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-20-2008 19:41:02 | More by Derek
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man,i wasn't expecting this,what a great find,dark dark chocolate brown,more like black with a tinge of ruby red and nice mocha colored king size head and nice sticky lacing.Nose is deep roasted malts,strong coffee,licorice,and a smokey smell,all blended in quite nicely.My first sip,and i was taken back,wow,smooth and creamy,the roasted malts really firing at you,along with the coffee and finishing off with the smoked flavor and leaving a tobacco taste right at the very end,all going down not thin,but with a lite feel to it,as it warms,a chocolate flavor also blends in there. Very good brew and well worth trying.

Serving type: can

09-25-2008 04:27:36 | More by GrimmReaper
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap in Victoria. Dark brown/ruby with a nice head of light tan foam as a cap. Aromas of roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and maybe some chocolate candy bar as well. Taste follows up on the aroma profile. This is a very basic, albeit well made stout, that would make a fine daily drinker, especially as it is to be canned soon, I believe. Mouthfeel is light>medium, drinkability is a solid 4. Beats a guinness if you live on the island.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 23:32:50 | More by francisweizen
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours jet black with a huge mocha-tan head that has good retention and leaves a decent sticky lace.

S: intense coffee, chocolaty malts on the nose with hints of nuttiness in the background

T: gorgeous coffee and chocolate flavours intermingle up front with a nice nutty taste on the long finish and the slightest hint of bitter west coast hops

M: thick and chewy, nice tingling carbonation and a very smooth finish making it a dream to drink.

D: This is an excellent stout from a can. I must say that I have been quite impressed by this brewery so far - high quality beer in a can is certainly an excellent thing to come by. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who can get their hands on it. Totally worth the extra cash. Lookign forward to my next one

Serving type: can

01-20-2008 00:01:23 | More by Graham5161986
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black with chocolate brown head

Smell: Cocoa and roasty malts. Mostly chocolate, however. Almost a rich hot chocolate aroma.

Taste: There is a definite chocolate flavour present. Bitter from the roast. lmost like a good bittersweet chocolate bar.

Mouthfeel: Mid-low carbonation. Perfect for the stout style. Bitterness on the sides and the back. A little sweetness as well.

Drinkability: Off the charts. I've had 3 of this 6 pack already. This is definitely the best stout made in BC and one of the finest made in Canada. I will continue to support Lighthouse by purchasing this because they make some great beers.

Serving type: can

09-16-2007 23:11:05 | More by Hornet2003
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355mL can to a standard pint glass, acquired on arecnt trip to Victoria, BC. 5.1% Alc/Vol listed on the label. One of the more boring, unappealing and generic-looking packages I've seen recently...white on black?

A: What is the deal with canned beers looking nice? I'll swear, there's something to that aluminum that makes the head extra fluffy and color extra rich...in this case, we have an intensely dark brown stout capped with over 3-fingers of the creamiest tan foam. Fades rather abruptly to a slim cap of still denseness. Slippery lace that really cannot stay suspended on the glass... too bad.

S: Wonderful smell of cocoa powder and a slightly sweet papery oxidation. Hints of lactose and sourness and a bit of coffee bean.

T: A modest amount of chocolate, definitely milky. Cocoa, really. Hops/bitterness in the background are a bit lemony and the finish is nicely dry, not quite chalky.

M: An about average stout in terms of mouthfeel; rather thin, low carbonation. Watery? Close to it, but with a cocoa, dry/powder finish that makes it better...

D: Sessionable and easily drinkable stout. Nothing complex but certainly worth a try. In fact, if this were available in the US, I'd definitely have the Keepers Stout again...

Serving type: can

09-08-2007 04:04:55 | More by msubulldog25
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JanM

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in an opaque black colour and with a lot of bubbles. Not much foam. The smell was dominated by chocolate and some coffee. The taste was of chocolate, espresso coffee, a citricness and a bitter bite at the end. It was actually a little salty. Maybe residue from cleaning the tanks at the brewery? I found the beer to be too carbonated for a stout and a little atery. Still it wasn't too bad and decent canned stouts are rare.

Serving type: can

08-21-2007 19:12:52 | More by JanM
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz draft at a seafood restaurant on the Victoria, BC harbor...name escapes me but the neptune wrap and seafood chowder made a fantastic lunch

appearance: presentation is a bold chocolate amber with a lovely guinness-esque head that retains itself quite well

smell: sweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mocha kick, big bold and roasty aromas abundant

taste: a very nice stout indeed...roasted malt, cocoa powder, burnt coffee, touch of sweet dark fruit...bold and rich

mouthfeel: creamy and rich, velvety

drinkability: high

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 19:08:19 | More by dirtylou
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cola brown and is black in the glass. The head was thick and foamy, tan in colour and slow to recede. Lacing is left all around the glass. The head never fully fades, always coating the top of the brew with a thin layer.

Smell is full of roasted coffee beans. Smells relatively dry and a bit smoky. Deeper searching finds a bit of cream to the coffee, sweetening the smell slightly.

The taste is everything I want from a stout. Rich dark roasted malt flavour. Coffee bean, smokiness and just a hint of creamy chocolate. Not so dry or bitter as many stouts, more leaning towards an oatmeal stout in its overall effect.

Creamy with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is bang on for the style. I wouldn't change anything.

If you like stouts, you must give this one a try. Its only weakness is in the aroma, and that isn't much of a weakness in the end.

Serving type: can

05-18-2006 01:03:07 | More by elricorico
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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black and opaque. When held to light there is the slightest dark brown tinge around the edges of the glass. The head is somewhat bubbly and a very nice brown color.

Smell – First off somewhat metallic, probably from the can. I can sense bits of roasted malt, burnt coffee bean and that’s about it. That metallic smell comes back. Not offensive but not good.

Taste – Right off the back this one is dominated by roasted malt is a big way. Burnt bitter chocolate and some coffee are there as well. No metallic taste at all. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin for a stout in my opinion. Carbonation is about average as well. Almost a dry feeling is left afterwards.

Drinkability –I had no problems here. The beer tastes nice and there are no overpowering aspects.

Good…but it didn’t live up to the hype that I’ve been hearing.

Serving type: can

05-08-2006 01:50:12 | More by Orrshow
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niz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this is, in my opinion B.C's best canned stout,
has a very opaque black colour with hints of ruby when held up to the light, the head pours about a finger width, but is not as fine as more traditional stouts, and fades quite quickly.
the aroma and taste are full of heavily roasted barley, followed by coffee and chocolate notes. The mouth feel is definately thinner than a traditional stout more like a black ale, yet roasty and tasty enough to satisfy everyone from the beginner to the conosiour

in my opinion this is the best brewed stout in BC, hands down.

Serving type: can

11-19-2005 20:21:58 | More by niz
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great heavy beer from the Island.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a decent brown head. The foam clings to the side and leaves nice rings around the glass.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts and traces of chocolatde. A decent, dry stout scent. Tastes of malts, toffee and chocolate. This stout presents a great, taste, althought it is not quite exceptional.

Despite being from a can, there is not tinny taste to this stout. It is easy to drink, and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

08-20-2005 09:17:14 | More by BDTyre
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent stout, a keeper, thanks to JoeMcPhee. Can spritzed everywhere. No metallic taste from can. Rather basic, a bit of roast but drinkable, refreshing on summer day. Medium mouthfeel. Balanced malt and roast. Average at best for style yet well made.

Serving type: can

06-26-2005 04:25:50 | More by Sammy
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This my friends is the best canned stout anywhere. The colour is nice and black with a sweet head . The nose is pure coffee and burnt malt. The taste is drinkable yet very complex. Dark roots of the coffee lands are on the flavour . The fact that this is in cans is fantastic.

Serving type: can

05-08-2005 03:46:30 | More by canucklehead
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Lighthouse beer... I had to specifically ask for it to -not- be served in a frozen mug, but that's not really the beer's fault, is it? Anyhow, despite the threat, it came to me with a nice creamy head that lasted a good long while, leaving thick and ropy lacing on my glass. Black as it should be, this was as stout as it gets.

The smell was malty, chocolatey, and bitter hops. Lots of sweet molasses in there as well.

The flavour was dominated by malt, with a bit of bitter hops in the end. A sweet molasses tone lingered throughout, and wasn't quite chased off by the bitter coffee and chocolate. Although it was a pleasant flavour, it could do with a touch more bitterness for balance.

In the mouth, it was creamy and delightful. It was fuller and richer than many, and left me quite satisfied. In fact, I call this a very drinkable beer, though without the balancing bitterness and/or dryness, it could be a bit cloying in large quantities. Still, nicely done, and a good intro to Lighthouse Brewing for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2003 23:01:53 | More by Garin
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Keepers Stout from Lighthouse Brewing Company
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